How would you make home voice control more effective?
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Imagine a world where everything in the home is controlled by voice.  With the proliferation of voice interfaces such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, Cortana, and Apple HomePod, that reality is soon approaching.  However, the way in which one controls devices using voice depends on which interface is used, and the way in which the commands are structured by the interface.  

For instance, if a homeowner has two thermostats in their home, they cannot simply say “I am hot” and the interface determine which thermostat must be controlled and by how much.  Instead, they have to remember which thermostat needs to be controlled, what they named the particular thermostat in their interface app, and tell the thermostat how much to adjust using a very specific command structure.  


So in the context of defining a better future state, we would like to see proposals on how a home could be more effectively, and intuitively, controlled by voice.  Controlled in a way that is interface-agnostic, and intuitive to the user.  The deliverables for this challenge are:

  1. Create algorithms that would allow the voice assistant to discern user intent without need for a formal command structure.  Specific areas of interest include:
    • An occupant is uncomfortable and wants to be more comfortable,
    • An occupant who has a home security system and no longer wants to push buttons to arm the system when leaving or turn the alarm off when returning home,
    • An occupant whose smoke alarm goes off and needs to notify authorities immediately.
  2. Methodologies that would recognize who is making the request and identify which device in the home is being commanded – without having to command it by name.
  3. Additional credit will be provided to those who create code utilizing smart thermostat and voice assistant API’s that could be implemented into a prototype voice interface app in support of deliverables 2 & 3 above.
    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
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